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FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records and images to the free FamilySearch.org,
with new browsable image collections from Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, Italy,
Mexico and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 19.2 million
document images from the new collection United Kingdom, WWI Service Records 1914-1920;
2 million index records from the collection US WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918;
and almost the 931,000 index records from the collection US New York Passenger and
Crew Lists, 1925-1942. Search
or browse these databases from the chart here.
In case you missed it (and were wondering), Irish genealogy research company Eneclann has researched
Tom Cruise’s roots. The actor’s real last name is Mapother, but Cruise actually
is a family name. His great-grandfather, born in 1876 to Mary Pauline Russell Cruise
and her second husband Thomas O’Mara, took the surname of his half-siblings and thus
became Thomas Cruise Mapother I. Read
more and download a copy of the family tree here.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has formed
a partnership with Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer
Verbände e. V. (DAGV), an umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic
associations in Germany. So far no specific projects have been announced, but the
two groups will “develop technical solutions to preserve and present records and to
increase the mutual contact between both societies and their members.”
Houston-based genomics and genetics testing company Gene
By Gene announced that a DNA sample submitted via National
Geographic’s Genographic Project to its subsidiary Family
Tree DNA suggests that the last common ancestor of all modern Y chromosomes lived
as long ago as 338,000 years—70 percent older than previously thought.
A DNA study project administrator noticed the unique sample, which came from an African
American man living in South Carolina, in FamilyTreeDNA’s database. Read
the full announcement on the Genetic Genealogist blog.